euphrasia

Summary

Medicinal plant with an antiseptic effect used mainly in eye problems, such as conjunctivitis, and is presented in the form of compresses and eye drops.

names

Portuguese name: Eufrásia
Binomial name: Euphrasia rostkoviana, Euphrasia officinalis
French name: euphraise , euphraise officinale, casse-lunettes
English name: eyebright
German name: Augentrost
Italian name: eufrasia

Constituents

Iridoid glycosides (aucubin), tannins and phenolic acids.

parts used

Dry aerial parts.

Effects

Tonic, antiseptic, slightly astringent, hemostatic (anti-hemorrhagic).

Indications

Eye disorders: Conjunctivitis , stye , tired eyes, painful eyelids, hay fever (especially at eye level), sinusitis .

Preparations – In what form? (galenic forms of euphrasia)

– Euphrasia-based lotions

– Euphrasia compresses or eye baths

– Eye drops and sprays.

Where is this plant grown?

Euphrasia grows in Europe. For example, in the Alps.

When is the harvest done?

Euphrasia flowers bloom from mid-summer to late autumn (in the Alps, mostly in autumn).

Comments

– From a scientific point of view, the effectiveness of euphrasia has not yet been demonstrated, wrote Professor Hostettmann (Faculty of Pharmacy, Geneva in Switzerland), a specialist in medicinal plants, in his book “Tout savoir sur les plantes médicinales des montagnes”, published in 2001.

– In Valais (in the Alps, Switzerland) at the beginning of the 20th century, people would macerate the euphrasia and mix it with water to apply compresses over the eyes to improve various eye problems (remember that, at that time, in remote areas, no there were glasses).

– There are numerous homeopathic preparations based on euphrasia.

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